Started Early, Took My Dog

Jackson Brodie 4
Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
Series: Jackson Brodie Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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It's a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.

Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains. Started Early, Took My Dog is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson’s position as one of the great writers of our time.

©2010 Kate Atkinson (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
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Learn how to pronounce the names you read, narrator!

Niamh is pronounced "Neve." It's an Irish name, because Jackson's mum was Irish. Listening to this narrator pronounce it wrong throughout the (really good) novel is irritating.

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  • 08-30-19

Nice book. Shame about the

The narrator seems a bit lost and the intonation quite frequently goes against the meaning. But not enough to be more than a mild annoyance.

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  • Helen
  • 06-04-12

As good as the others

Another wonderful audiobook edition of Kate Atkinson's fabulous Jackson Brodie series. By now, if we've stayed with the series, we're all in love with Jackson Brodie - that brooding, unlucky former policeman who never seems to get the girl of his dreams (although he does get *a* girl every now and then). Witty, well-crafted, with a serious undertow... I loved this novel as much as I loved the others in the series and can't wait for the next one. My only regret is the loss of the perfect Jason Isaacs as narrator (hello to Jason Isaacs!) but Nicholas Bell does a fine job anyway.

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  • Pj
  • 03-05-12

Really enjoyable

I loved this book. The characters, including the dog, have real depth to them and are beautifully portrayed, and the plot is sensitive and enjoyable. I took to all the characters - poor old Tilly, the ex-copper Tracy, and Jackson himself. There are some lovely touches - little Courtney and her fairy costume, old Harry the fixer baking pies, these all make the characters real. Kate Atkinson has written a really ripping yarn that kept me listening to the very end. I enjoyed the reader too, despite the fact that he does not know how to pronounce Niamh (Neeve) - perhaps not everyone listening will notice. I can't wait to listen to another Jackson Brodie story.

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  • Louise Wilde
  • 12-22-18

disappointing story and dreadful narrator

I love Kate Parkinson's writing but this fourth outing for Jackson Brodie was well below par. Unrealistic storyline and a weak plot.
Having listened to audio books for many years I am horrified by the terrible pronunciation from the narrator of this book. Surely some basic production checks should be made before actually charging for such a terrible performance! Anyone who cannot pronounce Niamh has no business selling themselves as a narrator.

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  • Mai-day
  • 11-29-18

Disappointing

I really want to like this series but the more I read the more I think that the story lines rely far too much on coincidence. And why on earth didn't the producers of this audiobook not pick up the narrator's mispronunciation of Niamh????

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  • Marie
  • 07-17-15

enjoyed this tremendously.

I love these books. best way to describe them is is River Cottage and Silence of the Lambs did a crossover.
only marred by jarring and regular mispronouncing of several words notably the main characters sisters name (Neeyam instead of Neeve) otherwise very enjoyable. off the buy next one in the series : )

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  • White rose
  • 11-12-18

Attention to detail

Jackson Brody is always good value for money and Kate Atkinson writes a complex story every time.
Couldn't someone please pay attention to important details such as pronunciation of names. Not the performer's fault necessarily but it would be so easy (I did this within one minute) to Google Niamh's name to confirm that it's pronounced Neeive and not Nam. Irish listeners must be as irritated as I am - and I'm not even Irish!
The same goes for many mistakes made on Audible in French and German. It sets the teeth on edge and would be easily preventable.

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  • Caroline Greenwood
  • 05-08-19

Poor pronunciation

I love this book but find it difficult to believe that the narrator or producer doesn’t know how to pronounce the name “Niamh”. It’s a commonplace name! Ridiculous. The narrator really spoils it, always sounds like he needs to clear his throat.

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  • LouKG
  • 02-09-15

Loved it!

Another great story about Jackson Brodie. Always the kind of books that you don't want to come to an end, but you do, so that you can find out what the hell is going on! Bring on the rest Kate.

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  • Cara
  • 01-23-20

Nyam? Nyam?!!!! 😂😂😂

Have to admit I'm writing this review early - the story will be good, I can see that already, I really enjoy the Jackson Brodie stories, and although I prefer Jeremy Isaac's narrating, this guy is fine - except one thing. Would you not think, for the love of God, if faced with a name like Niamh and you didn't know how to pronounce it - would you not ask someone?! I was creasing myself laughing. Nyam, for crying out loud!! 😂😂😂😂

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  • Keith
  • 11-22-19

Great story, mostly good narration

Another great story that mixes emotional depth with a pacy detective story. It's odd, good and addictive.

Jackson's sister comes up often in this series. Her name is Niamh - an Irish name pronounced "Neev". The narrator was at least consistent in calling her "Nee-am" throughout. Someone should listen to each section before pressing on.

Amusingly, there's a joke in the story where a child is given the phonetic spelling of Siobhan...

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  • Mari
  • 06-17-15

An Enjoyable Brodie Mystery

If you have read the other books in this series you will know what to expect - multiple story lines, with Jackson in the middle of them all, that somehow come together in the end. I hope there will be another book - as I have really enjoyed this series.

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  • Stephanie
  • 07-03-20

Problematic narration

Issues with mispronunciation (Niamh as NEE-ARM instead of 'Neave', and seemed to struggle with 'tiramisu' too!) were very distracting. Narrator also has a slightly wet voice, such that you can sometimes hear him swallowing his own saliva as he goes. Fantastic story, of course.

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  • renee
  • 09-01-19

Disappointing narration

Story was a usual Jackson Brodie style, but a bit more convoluted than usual. However the narration really let things down - the mispronunciation of Niamh as “Nee-amh” nearly caused me to abandon the audiobook altogether.

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  • Meg
  • 08-24-19

Enjoyable Read.<br />

Difficult to keep track of so many characters when listening. I'm intrigued by the interweaving of the plot. Narration great listening but better to leave longer pauses between 'scenes'. Too hard to follow the time differences. I wonder if the narrator should have been pronouncing Niamh as Nieve!!! Found that a bit disturbing. I intend reading more of this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

I can't get past the awful pronunciation...

...of "Niamh". How on earth did it get through? it is limited to this book, the others Jackson Brodie stories haven't butchered the name so why this one?

I get that I am being petty.

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  • Heather
  • 02-25-19

A clever book

I thought it was very clever and I loved the setting. However I felt it was a bit cluttered as there were so many characters and little plots that eventually wove together but were disparate for most of the story.